2006 News Story

King Abdullah urges Cheney to give diplomacy with Iran more time

  King Abdullah and Vice President Cheney

Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Abdullah bin Abdulaziz urged Vice President Dick Cheney to give diplomacy more time before pushing for Iran’s referral to the United Nations Security Council over its nuclear program, the Arab News reported today. Egypt also urged Cheney to give negotiations with Iran more time.

King Abdullah and Cheney met yesterday for a wide-ranging discussion at the King’s ranch near Riyadh.

The talks addressed Iraq and the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as well as growing tension between Syria and Lebanon. Both King Abdullah and Cheney agreed on the need for Syria to cooperate with the UN probe into the assassination of former Lebanese Prime Minister Rafiq Al-Hariri, according to a Saudi official.

King Abdullah underscored the need for the US to help the Palestinian Authority and to support efforts to implement the road map and achieve President Bush’s stated vision of an independent Palestinian state. The king expressed satisfaction with US facilitation of the Jan. 25 Palestinian legislative elections.